Green Heron – Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, FL   18 comments




Green Heron – Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, FL

Green Herons are odd acting birds.  Just by the way they sit all hunched over, they remind me of grouchy old men waiting around for something to gripe about.  Usually, they stare at the water for long periods of time waiting for a fish to swim by so they can spear it with their ample sized razor sharp bill.  When they are not hungry they probably just shout out old man things to the young minnows like “Slow down! This isn’t Talladega!”, “ I remember when you minnows only cost a nickel!”  or “Get off my lawn you young whippersnappers!”.    All joking aside they have been known to drop insects, stones, feathers, etc. into the water to attract fish.  This example of tool usage shows great intelligence among birds and green herons are considered to be one of the smartest.  

On a side note, I know we have a lot of viewers from around the world, so I pose this question.  What are some of the cliché things old men say in your country?   If you already happen to be  an old man please just say whatever comes naturally…

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18 responses to Green Heron – Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, FL

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  1. Lovely Green Heron! Hilarious post about him, gave me a good chuckle!!

  2. My father used to say, “All the great men in the world are dead. And I feel sick.”

  3. I have seen one of those in Mexico, hunting for koi carp in the hotel water garden

  4. Looks like the ones we have here in the Sacramento delta. All the way across the Country 🙂

  5. Haha, I am a 30-something woman and I once told a bunch of drunk teenagers to “get off my lawn.” In the middle of the night, wearing enormous plaid pajama pants and a Snuggie. I guess some of us have been grumpy old men since birth 🙂 Just got a new DSLR and have been practicing–your site is great inspiration!

  6. “Back in MY day” – it seems as though back in ‘their’ day everything was sooooo much better… 😉

  7. I love these little herons. They’re shy though, I’ve found and challenging to photograph, so good job!

  8. Excellent, we’ve never seen one here, but Night Herons, Squaccos turn up here sometimes. The Grey Heron is everywhere, as are Little Egrets.

  9. My family and I went kayaking at Ding Darling a couple of years ago. It was amazing. I pinned your photo to my favorite places board on Pinterest. You might consider adding a pin-it button. It’s easy and Pinterest folks will love your photos!

  10. Once again, another spectacular wild bird shoot. What do old men say in France( where I live)? My FIL used to say ” La roue tourne” or ” the wheel turns”, in English. In other words, time passes and we all do get any younger going for a spin in life 🙂

  11. Nice pic of the heron…I like how you compared them to an old man, that made me laugh.

  12. beautiful!

  13. I just saw one of these for the first times on a little canoe trip with my family. I didn’t know what it was until my friend told me when she saw the pic. Great photo!

  14. He does look grouchy and prone to critical comments.

  15. He sounds very smart. His mom clearly never taught him to sit up straight.


  16. I love this photo. I feel like I am standing right there. I have a soft spot for dogs and birds.

  17. “humph!” (at computer screen)
    “what? What! Don’t what me.”
    Not yet an old man but practicing.
    But great picture of green heron.

  18. “she’s a nice girl” referring to anyone under 100! Can you tell I am a domestic violence counselor?

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